Equinor Energy AS, operator of PL 263 D/E, has completed the drilling of wildcat well 6407/1-8 S targeting the Appolonia prospect in the Norwegian Sea, 9 kilometres east of the Maria field and 210 kilometres north of Kristiansund.

The primary exploration target of the well was to prove hydrocarbons in reservoirs of Middle Jurassic age (the Garn and Ile Formations).

The well encountered approximately 83 meters of sandstones of moderate to very good reservoir properties in the Garn Formation. The well also penetrated a 9 meters gas column in sandstones of Late Cretaceous age of poor to moderate reservoir properties, approximately 4 meters in total. The reservoirs in the Garn and Ile Formations did not contain hydrocarbons.

Preliminary estimates indicate that the size of the discovery is between 0.5 and 1.6 million standard cubic metres (Sm3). The partnership will assess the discovery in conjunction with other discoveries and prospects nearby.

The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 3 518 meter below sea level and terminated in the Ile Formation of Middle Jurassic age.

For more information see full press release from the Operator at the NPD webpage.